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Springfield Climate Action Coalition addresses climate change

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Springfield Climate Action Coalition met Wednesday to find solutions to clean Springfield and stop climate change.

"I'm here because I want to make sure we have a future," Michaelann Bewsee, director for Arise for Social Justice, said.

"We are trying to see what kind of things are helpful and which kind of things are not helpful for our city and our community," Awilda Sanchez, a coalition member, said.

Last week the Springfield City Council voted in favor of continuing to fight against the construction of a biomass wood-burning plant in the city.

Springfield's climate action coalition applauds the council's decision.

Dr. Marty Nathan, of Baystate Brightwood Health Center, says biomass burning will worsen the air.

Palmer Renewable Energy is looking to construct a $150M plant, which supports of the plan say will bring jobs to the area.

The coalition will meet with the city council on Oct. 20 with their ideas to clean Springfield.

"The community has great ideas, so we want the council to listen to the community, meet with us, collect our ideas and put them together in a great plan," Bewsee said.

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